I’ve seen a fair share of posts based on the ‘you aren’t your money philosophy’. They love to talk about Fight Club and the rants of the great Tyler Durden. My question is at what point are you your money. I think the concept is great and all for the people who have money. What about the people who don’t?
I’m not one for blaming the economy but it definitely has helped to create a predicament for many people. I look around and see people who are out of work for an extended period of time. At what amount of money do you become your money? When you start having to beg and borrow to get by. When you are living less than paycheck to paycheck. Or maybe I’m completely off base and the best never become their money in any situation.
What if you are Chelsea Caudle? Have you read about her in He’s in the Army now? Is she her money or her family’s money or lack their of? In this article Chelsea’s father makes what some might consider the ultimate sacrifice for his wife and his family. Being out of work for over 7 months and faced with mounting health insurance expenses, he’s taking his last option. See his wife has been fighting cancer for a few years and recently things have got worse. In order to get health insurance Bill joined the Army.
Now you could argue all day long whether it was the right decision the correct decision or whether it was a little extreme. But we’re not Bill. He did what he felt he had to do to get his wife the coverage and care she definitely needs. Does Bill’s life begin to be defined by his money? Obviously if Bill was well off he wouldn’t be joining the Army. If things were different Chelsea wouldn’t be without her dad for the next 4 years. Does she become defined by her money?
I guess my point is that when things are all well and good, you don’t need flashy cars or big houses to define you and who you are. Do the minimum necessities become needed at some point? When things get bad, do you begin to be defined by your lack of money? Or can you step up to the plate and make what might be the toughest decision of your life for the ones you love? How do you define Bill, for his sacrifice or for his lack???